Crown Zellerbach Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,278' 390 m
Descent: -34' -10 m
High: 1,276' 389 m
Low: 14' 4 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A somewhat rough rail-to-trail that starts in Scappoose and climbs into the Coastal Range.”— Kristen Arendt
There's not much of an official trailhead. The trail starts unceremoniously at the Multnomah Channel without even an official parking lot. There are some pull-overs and short, foot trails to the start of the trail. A little over two miles in, the path crosses Highway 30. Here, there appears to be something resembling a trailhead, with a sign and a gravel lot. But there are No Parking signs and a sign designating parking is two miles up the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway.
This first official parking lot seems to have been converted into a gravel dump spot for the transportation department, so you'll want to park off to the side and out of the way if you park here.
For several miles, the trail runs along the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway very closely. For much of this, the trail flutters in and out of being open to vehicle traffic as access to people's driveways and the like, and then returning to closed-off-to-traffic, designated multi-use path.
Eventually, the trail breaks away from the highway and runs through more wild forests. The westernmost section starts in a long, steeper climb as the route shifts from the original railroad bed into the logging truck road made in the forties.
At the top of this climb, the route reconnects with the Scappoose-Vernonia Highway. A small gravel parking lot provides trail access. The path continues under a bridge and becomes the Columbia Forest Road at this point, leading to Vernonia.